Competitions

Book Review: The Power Of No – Abbie Headon

The power of No

This landed on my desk this morning – a fortuitous bonus when my recent OIVAC session included lots of VAs saying “Yes” to horrible jobs, horrible bosses and horrible rates!  I really liked this colourful guide to saying “NO!” in all sorts of situations, not just work ones. So if you: Say yes to invites…

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Catch Caroline and Michelle on The Apprentice!

Eagle eyed viewers of BBC1’s The Apprentice might have spotted Caroline and fellow SVA member Michelle Smith of ValueAdd doing deals with Karen Brady’s team last night… (Note the glass of wine – typical Glaswegian fashion. Michelle: We need to stop being such cliches!!) Filmed during the summer heatwave, we were sworn to secrecy about…

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Virtual Assistant Awards

  One of the highlights of my year is judging the outstanding Virtual Assistant Awards. It gives me a chance to see the wide range of highly skilled and professional virtual assistants on show. I also get to meet many of the other people in our industry.   Unfortunately, because of the really bad snow…

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New Year – New business planner / diary!

If you are an organised Virtual Assistant, you may already have ordered the bible which keeps you on track… Planner, diary, journal, organiser, filofax – doesn’t matter what you call it, just that it works. Surprisingly for an online industry, there’s a big slice of the VA industry who rely on paper and pencil to…

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Book Review: Maternity Leavers

Maternity Leavers – Soozi Baggs Enter the Competition I quite often get asked about being a VA by new mums hoping to start up whilst off on maternity leave… if I am feeling nice I explain why it’s not a good idea, (otherwise I just laugh!).  But nevertheless the attraction of being a VA to…

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COMPETITION: ‘How to be a PA’ by Maria Fuller

Another cracking book landed on the SVA desk – one for the EAs amongst you! A practical “how to” guide with real life examples of office scenarios, top tips and the nitty gritty of practical skills needed to organise busy executives.  “I identified a huge gap in the market.  Many books are available which focus…

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Pitman Entrepreneur of the Year

Pitman are searching for their Entrepreneur of the Year… And they may very well be amongst the ranks of our members… They are looking for a self-employed secretary who embodies the spirit of the industry – so it sounds right up our street! You can either nominate yourself, or someone you know: http://superachievers.pitman-training.com/

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Virtual Assistant Bloggers Wanted!

We need you! For 2016 Society of Virtual Assistants is looking to recruit 6 bloggers to help us keep the site content fresh and interesting. We’re looking for VAs who can write about their experiences, write reviews or do a series of blog posts.  Each post needs to be: between 400-1,000 words, on a subject…

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